Connections Behavior Planning & Interventions
Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention
Earns 2-Year BHCOE Accreditation
King County Autism Treatment Center Named as Top National Behavioral Service Provider
The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) has awarded Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention with a 2-year Accreditation, recognizing the organization as a top behavioral service provider in the country. The Accreditation celebrates exceptional behavioral health providers that excel in the areas of clinical quality, staff satisfaction and qualifications, and consumer satisfaction. These areas are measured via a wide-ranging audit, including interviews with agency clinical leadership, a detailed staff qualification review, anonymous staff satisfaction survey, and anonymous consumer satisfaction survey.
“Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention sets high standards while utilizing current best practices in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Their participation in the peer-review process shows their dedication to consistent improvement and the use of highly qualified staff and best practices in programming,” said Sara Gershfeld Litvak, Founder of BHCOE. “We are very excited to congratulate the Connections team on running an ABA program that is effective, ethical, and a very valuable resource for the King County area autism community and beyond.”
BHCOE is an international accrediting body used to help funders and identify quality behavioral health providers. Acting as a third-party, the organization systematically measures and reports on existing quality criteria in the behavior analysis community using standardized methods and practices, and awards only those service agencies that meet these standards.
“Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention was founded to positively impact the lives of our students and their families. We wanted to provide high quality services through our highly trained staff and set the standard for high quality ABA services in Washington State. We could not be prouder that every day Connections staff enrich the lives of students, staff, and families,” said founders James Kidwell (PhC, BCBA) and Paul Mullan (PhD, BCBA-D).
“At Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, we are passionate about providing top quality care and we are very proud to receive this Accreditation reflecting our values and our commitment to improving the quality of life for our clients and their families. We are thankful to our team’s dedication and skill that allows us to help clients make meaningful social, behavioral, and academic progress,” said Nicolle Simon, M.Ed., BCBA.
About Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE)
The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is an international accrediting body that recognizes top-performing behavioral health providers. BHCOE offers a third-party measurement system that differentiates top services providers from exceptional services providers. The BHCOE criterion features standards that subject-matter experts developed to measure state-of-the-art behavioral health services. For more information, visit http://www.bhcoe.org/.
At Connections, our skilled Therapists trained in ABA work with children in their homes, schools, out in the community, or our center-based program based upon the child’s specific needs. Our programs are highly intensive and we like to include the parents of our children whenever possible. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s), Behavior Therapists, and parents are all a part of the treatment team. Paul and James, two highly trained and experienced clinical supervisors, oversee the child’s treatment team. Every 4-6 weeks our Connections Team will meet separately from the home and school therapies in order to share data, maximize consistency across team members, problem solve behavioral challenges and to introduce the child to new goals.
Connections offers home-based, school-based, and center-based Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA) to children with autism (ASD), reactive attachment disorders, and developmental disabilities. Our highly skilled Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s) and Behavior Therapists will provide ABA therapy in the King County area: Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Woodinville, Seattle, Renton, Bothell, Kenmore, and Ballard.
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science in which behavioral procedures are systematically applied to improve socially significant behaviors in real-world settings (Heward, 1987). Applied Behavior Analysis is the only treatment for children with ASD that has been endorsed by the United States Surgeon General (2000) and is viewed as the gold standard for treatment of children with ASD (Shook & Neisworth, 2005). In addition, several reviews of ABA-based procedures for the treatment of autism have concluded that ABA treatment is the most optimal (Barberesi et al.; 2006) has the strongest empirical basis (Sturmey, 2002), is most efficacious (Lilienfeld, 2005), and shows the most substantial and sustained gains across multiple skills (Myers & Johnson, 2007).
As of November 13th, 2017, Connections Behavior is now an Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) Provider Organization!